Imagine you were setting yourself a new goal to be more active. You sign up to the gym, go for regular walks and eat healthier. Initially, everything is super exciting but a few weeks in, the initial ‘spark of newness’ has disappeared. Working out seems more like a chore and the healthier food options do not seem to be half as tempting as they did before. Does this sound familiar? If so, worry not. You are not alone with this and even better, there are ways to get past this hurdle to motivate you to stick with your new goal.
Positive thinking: This might sound cliché but negative thoughts can stop us from forming new habits and achieve our goals. If we think that we cannot achieve something then it is very likely for us to give up at some point. So, next time a negative thoughts pops up and tries to stop you from achieving your goal, try and change it into something more positive. For example: “I can’t be bothered going to the gym again” into “I will feel better once I have completed my workout”. Try and remember how you felt last time you regularly exercised, ate healthy, etc. What were the positives then?
SMART goals: Talking of goals, it is important to make these specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. If you have followed our blog over the last few weeks, you will be aware that throughout the month of September we support people, both staff and people accessing our services, to set SMART goals to achieve their fit150. If you would like to join us for this, you can download our SMART Goal September Worksheet and let us know how you get on.
Partner up: Sometimes it is easier to achieve a goal together. So, ask friends or family whether they would be keen to join you on your journey to increase your physical activity, eat healthier, etc. Alternatively, you can try and speak to someone new who shares the same interest. Maybe someone at your gym who you see when you are working out or someone who goes for a walk at the same time or maybe you can find and join a group in your local community.
Reward yourself: Rewarding yourself is a great way to stay motivated. You might want to choose to treat yourself to some “me-time” or have a slice of cake when you achieve a goal. Knowing that a reward awaits you once you have achieved a goal can be a great way to stay motivated. It also offers a positive thought to challenge the less positive ones.
What do you do to stay motivated and achieve your goals? We would love to hear from you! You can use #fit150 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share some of your motivational tips or anything else fit150 related. Alternatively, you can get in contact with us if you are interested in writing a guest post for our fit150 blog.